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Baidu to Compete with Google in the Mobile OS Space Too?

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InformationWeek is reporting that Baidu may be looking at developing a mobile operating system, citing Chinese media reports. The project would be led by former Google employees. Meanwhile, TechCrunch says Android is poised to dominate in China.

Nokia Siemens and Motorola jointly announced that Nokia Siemens will acquire the majority of Motorola’s wireless network infrastructure assets for  $1.2 billion. This is pending regulatory approval, but the deal is expected to close before year’s end. 

iPad Comes to Nine More Countries This WeekApple announced today that the iPad will be available in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore starting Friday. Currently, the iPad is available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the US. The company says it will be available in many more countries later this year.

According to Fortune, Apple is closing in on Microsoft in revenue. "Though Apple still has a ways to go to compete with Microsoft in terms of net income due to Microsoft’s untouchable operating margin, many will be surprised to discover that Apple’s revenues are close to surpassing Microsoft’s," writes Andy M. Zaky. "If it doesn’t happen this week, it will almost certainly come in the next quarterly announcement." Apple’s earnings announcement is tomorrow, and Microsoft’s is Thursday.

Speaking of Apple’s announcement, it’s possible that the company could announce its "Magic Trackpad" (which may or may not go by that name). This is a bluetooth device for the desktop, that has just gained FCC approval, as Engadget points out. Engadget also has a very in-depth preview of Windows Phone 7 worth checking out.

Baidu to Compete with Google in the Mobile OS Space Too?
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